Review: The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith

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The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith (Expected April 15th) big thanks to bookbridgr.com for a copy for review.

Lucy and Owen meet somewhere between the tenth and eleventh floors of a New York City apartment building, on an elevator rendered useless by a citywide blackout. After they’re rescued, they spend a single night together, wandering the darkened streets and marveling at the rare appearance of stars above Manhattan. But once the power is restored, so is reality. Lucy soon moves to Edinburgh with her parents, while Owen heads out west with his father.

Lucy and Owen’s relationship plays out across the globe as they stay in touch through postcards, occasional e-mails, and — finally — a reunion in the city where they first met.

What strikes me the most about this book is the accomplished (and enviable) writing style. It has a flourish and a keenness for detail, described in surprising and compelling ways.

Setting – This whole book works on an idea of multiple settings, with one eventual goal. Each time we’re introduced to a different place I was impressed with how eagerly I ate up the description. Sometimes when a narrative hops about from place to place, it can become choppy and less engaging. But I was right there, wanting the journey alongside Owen and Lucy.

Narrative arc – a beautifully sweet story that follows a natural and easy progression towards the inevitable end. Come on, we knew where it would end, but getting there was a lot of fun.

Continuity and motifs – This was expertly done too. So many little snippets that seem like lovely ideas at first, grow into metaphors and imagery that spans the whole ‘geography’ of the book. Both physically and emotionally.

I really liked Lucy’s character. She felt so solid, like I could easily bump into her in the street and recognise her. With Owen, less so. There was something ‘static’ about Owen’s character (yeah, yeah, he travels across a big chunk of the US) in that he moves, physically, but emotionally and personally, I felt like he had little growth. It struck me that the constant flip-flop between each character POV prevented me having any real ‘bond’ with them. It does keep it moving at a quick slick though.

Also, I wasn’t completely sold on the one page, one line, chapters that cropped up. They felt redundant to me and erring on the side of ‘metafiction’ and in a story like this I’m not sure I want to be aware that I’m reading a book, you know? I’d rather just sink right in and escape. To New York, to London, to Paris..

Who would enjoy this book? – Most people! Teen, Adult, or otherwise. For those that enjoy Rainbow Rowell and Stephanie Perkins, perhaps. But I went into this blind and I didn’t want to put it down!

An imaginative and fresh narrative, for sure. I’m giving it a strong 4 out of 5. It was fun, fast paced and a treat to read, but there was nothing particularly memorable about it. Lovely writing, and there is a refreshing sense of realism to the situation, but I think I found it lacking a little in the ‘feels’ department. Maybe it’s my melodramatic side coming out.. xD

But I do now have EPIC wanderlust… *quickly books a holiday*

On feeling bad about a bad review

I’ve always said that if nothing else, I’m honest. This is my motto for most things in life, and yeah, sometimes it means that I end up saying things that people don’t like to hear. But my other motto is: don’t be rude! Flaming is unacceptable.

So while being honest, but hopefully constructive, why do I still feel bad when I give a book a low star rating, or when I really go to town on why it doesn’t work for me?

Maybe it’s because…

  • …I’m a writer too. In assuming that these authors work just as hard, or harder, on their manuscripts, it feels like I’m betraying part of myself and somehow disrespecting everything they’ve tried to achieve.
  • …I’ve turned into an academic (of sorts). I’ve been noticing more and more that, in nearing the end of my degree, I’ve been transformed into a different reader. I scan everything with a critical eye now. Whereas before I could easily sit back and roll with it, now I find myself analysing a narrative in ways I never would have thought previously. And this applies to themes, style, structure, moral standing, perspective, context.. the list goes on..
  • …I’m less easy to please. The more I read, the more I expect. There’s always someone who will raise the bar for you (it’s subjective- everyone has a different game changer) and after that, similar titles will pale in comparison. J R Ward, for instance; her books blew my mind and now the adult paranormal kind of genre has a lot to live up to. (Long live The King!)
  • …I’m a bitch? It’s possible, right? Sometimes you’re just not in the mood to be forgiving, or to forget the smaller faux pas or cringeworthy cliche. Sometimes I wonder if I’m hiding behind a mask of ‘honesty’ to allow me to take a harder line.

Whatever the reasoning, it doesn’t take away the guilt. Ultimately, I want every book I read to knock my socks off, but I know it just won’t happen. Some books just don’t fit the reader, and that’s ok.

But is it ok to feel bad about giving a (well rounded, I hope) bad review?

 

Review: Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blackman

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Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blackman (expected April 2014) Thanks to the publisher for an ARC :)

In 1930s Munich, danger lurks behind dark corners, and secrets are buried deep within the city. But Gretchen Müller, who grew up in the National Socialist Party under the wing of her “uncle” Dolf, has been shielded from that side of society ever since her father traded his life for Dolf’s, and Gretchen is his favorite, his pet.

Uncle Dolf is none other than Adolf Hitler.

And Gretchen follows his every command.

Until she meets a fearless and handsome young Jewish reporter named Daniel Cohen. Gretchen should despise Daniel, yet she can’t stop herself from listening to his story: that her father, the adored Nazi martyr, was actually murdered by an unknown comrade. She also can’t help the fierce attraction brewing between them, despite everything she’s been taught to believe about Jews.

As Gretchen investigates the very people she’s always considered friends, she must decide where her loyalties lie. Will she choose the safety of her former life as a Nazi darling, or will she dare to dig up the truth—even if it could get her and Daniel killed?

I went into this book with no illusions. It’s obvious from the blurb where this was going. That said, I wasn’t prepared for how conflicted I would feel about it. Reviews have begun to pop up around the blogosphere and the general interwebs and I was starting to think ‘is it just me?’ because I felt at complete odds to the glowing feedback coming in.

This is an ambitious book. Gretchen is, at least at first, on the surface of things, an anti-Semite. She’s been indoctrinated by a Nazi regime and her dear Uncle Dolf to be the perfect picture of Aryan womanhood.

As a YA book, I’m not sure how I feel about this initial stance. It takes a lot of bravery to attempt to write about something that caused, and still causes, a lot of pain and tragedy for people. Will we ever be far enough away from the even that the horror is dampened? Possible not.

Almost every year at secondary school we studied the Third Reich and the rise and effect of Nazism in the Second World War in some way or form, so I feel that if I was a teen or young adult reading this I would be well prepared. But the curriculum can change, subject to choice, and whereas I have faith that the grand majority of young people would have the sense not to be influenced by a narrative like this, I’m still not comfortable with Gretchen’s initial description and reactions to ‘the Jew’.

I recently wrote a short piece about ‘writing what you know’ and I still firmly believe that as a writer of fiction, the world is literally yours. But when it comes to a younger readership, there needs to be some kind of authorial responsibility. Am I saying that Prisoner of Night and Fog is irresponsible? No. However, research can only take you so far, and some areas of history need to be approached with caution.

Putting some of my moralistic issues aside… *I don’t usually include potential spoilers, but I found it impossible not to while trying to explain myself in the course of this review. You have been warned.*

Some small plot holes? If it was really a big cover up about Gretchen’s death, would the family have been allowed to keep his uniform? Part of me felt like the whole ‘mystery’ about Gretchen’s father’s death was so that she could confront her ‘Unlce Dolf’ about it near the end, and ultimately seal her fate in doing so… But… For me the moment they share, alone, at his offices is much more cause for her concern than this.

And who’s to say that he wasn’t shot in the back- if he had turned around in his ‘heroic’ act, it would have been viable. And near the end, her mother meets Gretchen and Daniel out the back of the grandparents’ house in Dachau. They’ve just hiked across a field so they wouldn’t be caught going in through the obvious road. How would her mother know which way they’d come? If they were coming at all?

Gretchen Muller – I do like her. I’m glad her insecurities and doubts about her ‘teachings’ come through early on. Literally, in the first few pages she struggles to put the strong anti-Jewish ideology into action. But I still couldn’t help but feel she was a bit dense. She’s 17, and has been Hitler’s little golden girl her whole life.. but she hasn’t read Mein Kampf until now?

Daniel Cohen – He was a little bit ridiculous to me at first. Lurking around, passing notes, lurking some more, being cryptic. Why not just wait until you have the ‘proof’ before you try to convince Gretchen you’re not a nutter? But he grew on me, for sure. The male characters appear much stronger on the page for me.

The bad brother – Wow. Now THIS is some seriously good characterisation. It would be wrong to say that I ‘loved’ him, but I admired him from a creative point of view. Such an interesting chap! His whole nature is fascinating really. The bad boys are always more fun to read.

Narrative flat spots – Sometimes, where I really wanted, or expected, some real tension or high octane feels, I was given cold description. There were moments where I was right there, gritting my teeth, tows curling, stressed out because ‘they’re gonna get caught! EEEEKS!’ but then it would switch to some cool, calm descriptions of the people on the streets, the surroundings, and it would kill the emotional response I was seeking/nearly experiencing.

These flat spots appear again, often when explaining something more factual, or reading a journal, or letter.. and I would skip it because it felt less like an imperative plot point and more like a chore.

Dangerous love – I really enjoyed the way the relationship between Gretchen and Daniel grew and explored itself. But (there’s always a ‘but’ with me at the moment) it’s not like other classic YA staples we’re used to where sure, it might be a doomed romance between a girl/boy, vampire/human, angel/demon, whatever. Here though, we know how history went. If they get caught? It’s death. No way around it. And that scared me.

We know where this will end – I think I struggle with the sense of hope and righteousness and gumption that both Gretchen and Daniel show, especially towards the end. This is because we know how this will go; hundreds upon hundreds killed, because of their religion, race, beliefs, actions, reactions… It makes the efforts of two young adults seem completely pointless. A futile effort when in the end, what difference can they make?

‘Uncle Dolf’ – I wasn’t comfortable with his characterisation. This isn’t because of who he is, but more because of all my own studies and research, I can’t imagine him how he is imagined here. He’d either be pathetically human or a ranting and raving beast- he’s almost a caricature of himself, complete with whip and pistol. It’s far too easy to label him as simply ‘psychopath’ and I have no doubt that he had some deep rooted psychological issues, but I don’t necessarily agree with that label.


 

As I said above, this was a brave book. There are some really great scenes, especially in the second half where the pace really picks up. The first 50% drove me potty with its ‘who dunnit’ preoccupation and fact throwing. I enjoyed the ending pages of this book, and they ultimately made me feel different about how I might rate it.

I just can’t separate my moral, and historical, stance from the narrative. I say ‘historical’ because my own country would go on to pay a high price for the war that is just around the corner from Gretchen and Daniel. And I think on a grander scale, Europe felt the repercussions of the atrocities for years, and still do now.

There are books, probably hundreds, that take on similar narratives, about similar people with similar goals. But I’ve never come across a YA book that does it quite like this, I don’t think. It was a big gamble, but did it really pay off? For me, it was clumsy in its handling of the relationships between the fictional and the real-fictional people; the use of German words and phrases; the balance between showing and telling.

Like I mentioned, the last few chapters and the ending was the high intensity, suspense and shock that I was waiting for. The emotional balance is better handled here, and at the moment where Gretchen is alone with her ‘Uncle Dolf’, and the lights go out… oh my word!

A confusing book for me, really. I will definitely be checking out a sequel, but I’m not sure my brain will ever sort out how it really feels about it. A solid 3 out of 5, because it is written well with great research to back it up and I can see why others may enjoy the heck out if it- but I was left feeling conflicted, and wanting more out of it than I got.

Review: Trinity Stones by L. G. O’Connor

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Anxiety-ridden New York investment banker, Cara Collins, has little to smile about on her twenty-seventh birthday between a hostile work environment and her impossible romantic situation with her longtime friend and first love, Dr. Kai Solomon. But before the day ends, she learns she has inherited $50 million—a windfall that must remain secret or risk the lives of those close to her. 

As Cara unravels the truth surrounding her inheritance, she makes a startling discovery: angels walk among the living, and they’re getting ready to engage in a battle that will determine the future of the human race. In the midst of these revelations, she meets mysterious and sophisticated Simon Young, who offers her the promise of romance for the first time since Kai—but when Kai and his daughter are kidnapped by dark forces, Cara must choose: accept her place in a 2,000-year-old prophecy foretold in the Trinity Stones as the First of the Twelve who will lead the final battle between good and evil . . . or risk losing everything she holds dear.

Let me start by saying this; I enjoyed this book!

There were some places that my inner editor was desperate to take a pen to, and not because I’m being all high and mighty or anything, but because I believe in the potential in this book.

Don’t be confused by the cover. It muddled my expectations and where I was ready to accept something quite straight laced and fantastical, it’s got a sultry, urban fantasy vibe that is much more up my street.

So, what worked for me?

  • Characters – You’ll see this listed below too, but it’ll make sense. Cara was a great character, and so was Simon. I think Simon was the most compelling; his past and his struggle with the present really engaged me. I also thought that secondary characters such as Michael and Sienna and Zeke stood out really well. I cared about them, a lot. Especially the dog!
  • Plot – Interesting! I’m always intrigued when someone decides to take on a angelic/demonic slant. I like to see how the issue of ‘humanity’ is handled and I think it works pretty well here.
  • Love, love, love – I was digging the ‘ship between Cara and Simon like a miner. Initially I was wary (it’s almost in insta-love territory) but it simmered away nicely.
  • Chloe – As mentioned above, this little whippet was such a wonderful addition to the story, and the eventual role she has to play in it!

What didn’t work for me?

  • Pages and pages – of both ‘Angelorum’ lore, and sex. Ok, let’s look at the former first. There’s this one moment when Cara is discovering who she really is, or more what role she has to play in the ‘trinity’ and I admit, I skipped a lot of pages there. I’m not gonna lie, I think it was overkill. Even after skimming all those pages I think I get it; angels good, demons bad. Fate. Big battle of badass proportions. Cara is important.
  • Cont. – And then the sex. Which, I might add, saved itself for the final pages, and for me that was a let down. Cara and Simon simmer to boiling point and yeah, they have some sessions of heavy petting, but it felt like it was tacked onto the end. I was expected a quick fumble in a dark corner or something, just as they were about to risk (and potentially ‘lose’) their lives fighting the bad guys. Also, because it was all sex in one hit, I was bored. Just skip to the part where she goes down on him, and it starts getting really sexy. Up until that point? Meh.
  • Cont. – Kai. Seriously. Gonna ‘fess up here. I skipped most of his parts too. Did I miss out on much? Nah. Just cut him out. He’s filler. Kai is a scientist working on a project that can manipulate DNA and make people into Nephilim. It’s a dangerous job. Hence the kidnap. *nods*
  • Characters – Too many. There’s just too many. At one point there’s like ten blokes in the room, and lord knows who is who…

Ah yeah, there’s a serious Black Dagger Brotherhood vibe here. Got it all down to the tatts and the ‘bonding’ to a ‘mate’. It’s far enough removed that it wasn’t something I was always aware of, but with all this big, hench fellas in the same room, mostly leather clad, generally well off, super hot, fighting badasses.. it definitely draws a parallel. Someone notify the WARDen… :P

I’m going to add here that there’s a maddening kind of situation here when you bring in the idea of ‘fate’ or ‘destiny’. The narrative makes use of the idea of destiny to suit its current plot needs, but I was really struggling with it because you can’t accept that destiny is a go and then say; on the other hand you have a choice. No, not really. If you choose to go down a different path, then surely that was your destiny to do so? If you accept that your fate was to end up where you are, then all the ‘choices’ you made were part of it?

*brain explodes*

I really enjoyed Trinity Stones. I’m wondering how it can progress, considering the HEA (happily ever after) scene we’re left with. I hope it continues with Simon and Cara as the main characters because getting to know all ‘twelve’ players could get exhausting. Don’t be taking my Chamuel (Simon) away from me!

A healthy 3.5 out of 5. I couldn’t realistically give it more considering how many pages I felt forced to skip, but I enjoyed this book very much! And I am looking forward to a sequel.

 

Review: The King by J R Ward

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The King by J R Ward (released April 2014)

Long live the King… 

After turning his back on the throne for centuries, Wrath, son of Wrath, finally assumed his father’s mantle–with the help of his beloved mate. But the crown sets heavily on his head. As the war with the Lessening Society rages on, and the threat from the Band of Bastards truly hits home, he is forced to make choices that put everything–and everyone–at risk.

Beth Randall thought she knew what she was getting into when she mated the last pure blooded vampire on the planet: An easy ride was not it. But when she decides she wants a child, she’s unprepared for Wrath’s response–or the distance it creates between them.

The question is, will true love win out… or tortured legacy take over?

Where the eff do I even begin?

I mean, this is the end, right?

Please correct me if I’m wrong (PLEASE!!!) but this felt like it had to be the end. It ends… so… perfectly.

After waiting nearly a year for this book (and having a hissy fit when it wasn’t delivered to my Kindle at midnight EXACTLY and then ranting and raving my way around twitter… and then relief when I got it at 00:26… and reading it one sitting of about 5 hours), what did I think?

Initially – I was overwhelmed.

A little hindsight – I’m a little disappointed.

There wasn’t really any ‘big bad’ to fight in this one, not really. And I though it offered a nice reprieve from previous books, but I think that meant it lacked a little in action and purpose. If the boys are out there (in all their leathery glory) kicking ass on the edge of life and death? It adds that element of danger that I have grown to love about this series.

Wrath – I have worshipped this character for years. He’s right up there, a paragon for every well-built, hulking vampire that I ever might want to create. He let me down a little in this book. Why? I think it the WARDen does a fantastic job of making him flawed, and being back with his perspective makes this even more obvious. Beth needed him, and he initially let her down. Tsk. Men.

Wrath… Wrath.. Just listen to me. Let it gooooo *makes wooshy movements with arms*

He gets there though. Thank gosh. Or I would have slapped someone with the flat side of my kindle.

Beth – She rocks. As ever. I think Ward does such a fantastic job of capturing her motives for wanting a baby. It’s not something simple. It’s loaded with emotional, and unconscious needs that made so much sense to me. I think it was Tohr that says something along the lines of ‘a woman without a young is like a hellren without his mate’ (or to that effect). I don’t want to give anything away, but I knew it, I just KNEW IT, even though it didn’t make sense when thinking about vampire lore. I knew it! *beams*

Lassiter – This angel is hilarious. I can’t say much more without dropping spoilers, but he his appearance in the story is simply genius. I actually laughed, out loud.

That moment – Ah! So sweet! So tender! A little bit silly, but every bit serious and that Wrath goes with it made up for all my early doubts about him. So touching!

The secondary plot lines – A confession. I read this book from cover to cover, but I did find myself getting a little impatient to get back to the Brotherhood characters. Ward’s writing is so good that I wasn’t bored, just eager to be back with Wrath and Beth et al. Some pages may have been skimmed rather than greedily gobbled up.

Gender politics – This deals with some serious relationship upheavals that I’m sure are totally relatable, even if you don’t have fangs or severe bloodlust. Baby anxiety (Wrath/Beth). Women fighters (Payne/Wrath). And I’m always impressed by how this was all handled in the first books- as in, the females have all the power, really. Male vampires are bonded to a female, but they don’t necessarily have to reciprocate; it’s ultimately their choice to stay, or go.

Sex. Just a quick note (because all you BDB fans will already know this, and expect it), the sex is hawt! ;)

The King was everything I needed it to be, methinks. Minor grumbles aside, I can’t imagine anything else I would want to happen. I feel disappointed because it did feel like it was simply tying up any loose ends, dealing with business, and then shutting up shop. The ending touched my heart, but also made it heavy because… is this really the end?

All hail The King.

 

Review: Hold On (Alexa Reed #2) by Hilary Wynne

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Hold On by Hilary Wynne (Expected April 2014)

This was an exciting moment for me.. to be given the chance to be among the first people to read this book.. and after how much I loved the first, Stay (click for review!), I was stoked to be back with Lexie, and the shoes, and the Julian (yep ‘the’ Julian, because there’s no other like him!) so soon.

What did I think?

Alexa – It’s difficult. It’s like when you’re watching a gameshow and as an onlooker you’re screaming at the telly, unbelieving that the contestant can be so rash! But for the contestant, the stress of the situation, the self-doubt, the adrenaline; it has you make quick and (in hindsight) ridiculous decisions. I think this is how it was for me watching Alexa handle that car crash of a situation and make it ten times worse.

I don’t want to give anything away but all she had to do was maybe have a little more patience (just a little) And THEN make a crazy decision or two.

And for those of you of my generation who were plagued by re-runs of Friends.. there were parts where ‘we were on a break!’ seemed applicable.

Julian – The way HIS reaction at the end was handled was absolutely spot on. I admire the author’s handling of their relationship in general (see below) but most of all it was when Julian came back to her and he didn’t just jump straight back in. No forgive and forget. It was real. It was heartbreaking. And it was so wonderful in that showed Julian to be as vulnerable and as emotionally breakable as she is. She hurt him. And I’m glad to see that it left something of a scar.

The relationship – Alexa and Julian were meant to be together. It feels right. But that doesn’t mean that they don’t, and won’t. go through the usual motions of ups and downs. And the downs don’t have to be anything life changing, it’s the little things, the more trivial things that really get people worked up in a relationship, and I love the fact that these two have their fair share of seemingly petty disagreements. It’s refreshingly normal. But that’s not to say that they’re without their big blow ups too!

I enjoyed the heck out of this book. The characters develop in interesting ways, especially Julian. He was a dream guy for me in Stay, but here he becomes so much more, because he shows how real he is. And for Alexa? It was good to see her move forward with her issues too, even if it meant having to backtrack one massive step first.

And oh, the shoes. I’m so glad the shoes still take pride of place within these pages. ;)

There’s so many moments that I loved in this book, and I especially enjoyed the changes of setting. We see more of Lexie’s workplace, and then there’s the little holiday getaway, Lexie’s family home.. As well as the usual haunts; the club/hotel, Julian’s place, Lexie’s apartment. Yeah! Digging the changes in scenery for sure!

A very healthy 4.5/5. It left me aching to read on. I need to know that eventually Julian and Alexa have the beautiful beach wedding I have imagined for them in my head! HA! I love being the pusher wedding planner.. xD

Clicky here to also read the fab interview with Hilary!

Review: Circle of Desire by Keri Arthur

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Circle of Desire (Damask Circle #3) by Keri Arthur (re-released April 1st 2014) Received as a review copy from publisher.

Two children have been found dead, their souls torn from their bodies. Two more are missing, and Ethan Morgan’s niece is one of them. A dedicated cop, Ethan has every intention not only of bringing her back alive but of catching the monster behind these kidnappings. And he will use anyone and everyone to achieve those aims—even a crazy woman who claims to be a witch. But time is ticking. The victims rarely stay alive for more than seven days. Four of those days have already passed.
 
In ten years of working for the Damask Circle, shapeshifter Katherine Tanner has never come across anything that goes after kids the way this monster does. The last thing Kat needs is interference from a cop who has no idea what he’s up against. But the greatest threat to Kat may come not from the forces of darkness, but from the man she is beginning to love. Because Ethan is a werewolf… and the full moon is rising.

Let me start of by saying that, at first, I was dragging my heels with this book. I wasn’t won over by the way both characters were willing to jump in the sack with questionable motives and reasoning. But, by the end, I warmed up to their relationship as it progressed.

What worked for me in this book?

Kat – She was a great character to read. Not too whiny, but not too ‘in control’, if that makes sense? She had a real balance of both confidence and doubt that I appreciated.

Plot – Definitely the better of the three in this series (is there more? I don’t think so.. I’ll check and get back to you on that. Heh.) It was much more logical and the emotional responses and involvement of the main characters made sense this time too.

Lovage – Got yerself some hawt sexy time in this book, mmm hmm. I think this was handled better in this book too (despite my minor gumbles below, but that is more directed at the ‘why’ than the mechanics).

Gwen - Kat has one kick ass grandma. Such a funny and lovable character.

What didn’t work?

Ethan – Yeah. He’s hot. A great character. So what’s the problem? He’s the same ‘generic slightly supernatural hench guy’ in each book. There’s no distinction; all are tall, toned and hella good in the sack. I was a little annoyed that there seemed to be no attempts to make the ‘fantasy’ lover a little different for each female, you know?

Let’s have sex ‘cos we’re horny – Yep. That’s about it for Kat and Ethan for most of the book. He has the ‘excuse’ of being a werewolf under the powerful sexed-up gaze of teh full moon, and he can only keep control by finding release? Ok.. But I didn’t like how Kat was ready to jump on board with that, even though she seemed to immediately have other, more softer feelings for him. He digs his claws in like when you try and drag your dog to the bath, and she spends far too much time being both horny and emotional. Gaw! What a mess! There’s children’s lives at stake here, stay focused!

That said, it does right itself. Ethan and Kat finish in a much healthier place than where they start. So, yay!

I really enjoyed Circle of Desire. I think it’s my favourite of the three. A keen pace, great sex, and a much more plausible Happily Ever After. I‘m easily giving this a 4/5. Good fun and a smooth read.